What happened to SWAT?

Sunday, July 6, 2003 11:08 AM
I'm referring to the S&S "flat" ride (if you dare to call it a flat ride) to be installed at Six Flags Astroworld this year? I haven't heard anything since the announcement. Is it open, has anybody here ridden it?

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Sunday, July 6, 2003 11:18 AM
I heard and saw in the ACE newsletter it was open. Can't help you with personal experience though.

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*** This post was edited by SFgadvMAN 7/6/2003 3:19:04 PM ***

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Sunday, July 6, 2003 11:28 AM
It opened the weekend of April 11 but was experiencing some problems that seemed like they'd be mildly uncomfortable for riders.

i.e., the ride would stop for 20 minutes at a time in the vertical orientation with people stuck falling into the harness, staring at the ground.

For that reason, and because it was resulting in a horrible cycle time and wait, I skipped the ride. It didn't appear that exciting anyway.

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Sunday, July 6, 2003 11:59 AM
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Sunday, July 6, 2003 12:02 PM
I've been on SWAT and it is a truly amazing ride. When "Swatting" forwards it feels so strange staring straight at the ground, and then diving headfirst upside down. Did that make sense? It's a really cool ride! Last time I went though, it was closed in the morning for testing. Luckily it opened later that day! If you get a chance to ride it, you should, because it is such a different kind of ride. It does very rarely get stuck though. I saw it stuck with people on it in the vertical position twice, and it doesn't look like fun! Here are some pictures!

Pic 1

Pic 2
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Monday, July 7, 2003 5:40 AM
Swat is a great ride. It does still have a few prototype bugs but AW is working hard to get them all ironed out. The filming for the Discovery Channel Extreme Rides 2003 occured on July 1st. The show will air in August and you can see SWAT for yourself. I will be the guy screaming next to the on board narator.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 6:45 AM
it is okay, nothing special. basically a variation of a vekoma time warp, etc. ride it if you have the chance but it isn't something to wait two hours to ride or anything.
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Monday, July 7, 2003 7:07 AM
Didn't seem in those pics that anyone was really on it. Only a few people in line.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 7:33 AM

SFGAMan said:
Didn't seem in those pics that anyone was really on it. Only a few people in line.

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You are correct. Top wait for me so far has been 15 minutes. True is it a slow cycle as mentioned, but 48 people are loaded at one time so it goes very fast.

A lot of people will go and watch the ride. Many are intimidated and will not ride. It is a lot of fun in the front looking at the people across from you. The back pulls more G's if you like that feeling.



*** This post was edited by Markieb 7/7/2003 11:36:21 AM ***
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Monday, July 7, 2003 8:10 AM
I rode it over Memorial Day weekend. I had to drag my wife and friend on it. But they enjoyed. Its a good if you like blood rushing to your head. I liked it more than I thought I would.
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Monday, July 7, 2003 9:05 AM
Oh my god it is THE craziest flat ride ever! The restraints can get a little uncomfortable after being stuck on it for 20 min. but thats just circumstance and it doesnt really get stuck often.

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